The allegations of fraud that came forward during the State Senate District 27 special election between Democrat Lew Fidler and Republican David Storobin were a call to action for Assemblyman William Colton. He decided to put forth a bill to better regulate absentee voting.
The bill was recently introduced and is waiting for Senate sponsorship.
Colton said this bill would clear things up for future elections, “This is a second layer of protection to avoid possible fraud and confusion in the counting of ballots,” he told the New York Daily News.
The legislation states that election officials will have to make a note in front of a voter’s name if a voter requests an absentee ballot. Then, if the voter shows up at a polling place, they would not be allowed to vote in person. They can only vote through an absentee ballot.
In the race for Carl Kruger’s seat, absentee voter fraud allegations came to the forefront of the election. Fidler’s camp claimed that a Storobin staff member included both absentee and in-person ballots from voters.
Colton aims to create a definitive end for this controversial situation.